“In 2000, California voters approved a program to provide drug treatment, rather than prison time, for nonviolent drug-possession offenders. A study of the law found that it saved the state $1.3 billion over its first six years, and that for every tax dollar invested, California saved $7 thanks to reductions in crime and health-care costs.”
I remember voting for that proposition. I’ve wondered how it’s worked out.
source: This Is Your Country on Drugs: the secret history of getting high in America by Ryan Grim